Depressing Home Office figures published in time to cheer us all up for Christmas, reveal that more than 60 per cent of young male thugs and muggers are convicted of another offence within two years of ending their sentence. Three quarters of young male burglars and thieves also re-offend.
A massive 90 per cent of offenders on the drug treatment and testing order, designed to tackle the link between drug use and prolific offending, go on to commit more crimes. The programme costs the Government £53 million annually. There is also a high dropout rate by offenders given the orders, which were introduced across England and Wales five years ago.
Given that law and order remain a central pillar of government policy and reform, the results clearly show that the battle is being lost or was lost several years ago.